SWEA is the largest organization outside Sweden promoting Swedish language, culture and tradition.
SWEA grants around $250,000 a year in donations and scholarships.
SWEA is a non-profit organization that provides a strong personal network as well as valuable support to Swedish industry abroad.
SWEA is represented in numerous locations throughout the world and serves an important role in the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs emergency plan.
SWEA San Francisco
SWEA San Francisco was founded in 1982 by Barbro Osher, the Swedish Consul General of San Francisco. SWEA’s objective is to protect the Swedish language, and to support and promote Swedish culture and traditions. In addition, the organization will act as an intermediary in supplying personal and professional contacts and establish a network for its members throughout the world.
In additional to an annual scholarship program administrated by SWEA International, SWEA San Francisco has its own program recognizing individuals and institutions mostly in the Bay Area. Every year, grants are awarded to Swedish schools and preschools in the Bay Area, the Church of Sweden in San Francisco, the SWEA library at the Swedish American Hall, and a major scholarship for academic research or artistic interest with particular relevance to Sweden. Smaller grants are also awarded to various cultural groups and organizations with Swedish connections.
SWEA San Francisco is one of the largest chapter outside Sweden with 300 members. SWEA San Francisco hosts many activities throughout the year, the biggest one being the annual Christmas Fair in San Francisco the first Saturday of December.